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September 17, 2016

Science and technology is a Waterloo Region specialty, and the theme of our 14th Doors Open Waterloo Region is "Into Science + Tech," with 19 of our 48 participating sites speaking to this theme.

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031. Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away. Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university. Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

Do you want to get involved? If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open Waterloo Region 2016, send us an email at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca.

48 Ontario Street North

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48 Ontario Street North
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: c. 1914
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the “birthplace of the blues” in Kitchener. Originally built for the Bell Telephone Company, and currently vacant, this handsome red-brick and sandstone building housed Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 (1946-2001), and hosted concerts featuring well known blues musicians. Exhibits will give insight into the building’s past, and visitors can offer feedback on its future!
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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

ACL Steel

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2255 Shirley Drive
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 2005
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This 38,000-square-foot (3,530-square-metre) metal fabrication facility produces structural steel building frames – as much as 250 tons per week – for large-scale construction projects across North America. Learn about both sides of the manufacturing process, from the modelling and drafting of the design stage to the heavy equipment of the fabrication stage. Closed-toe shoes required to tour this facility.
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Architectural Conservancy Ontario Walking Tour

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Meet at 89 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge , Ontario
Saturday: 30-minute guided tours at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Join volunteers from the Cambridge branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario for this walk along Grand Avenue South and the Living Levee Trail beside the Grand River. Take in this rich cultural heritage landscape and the various historical buildings and natural elements that tell the unique history of the origins of Galt.
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Guided tours available

Bread and Roses Co-op

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307 Queen Street South
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1879, 1893; renovated 1989
Architect: Fryett, Shifflett Associates (1989)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bread and Roses is a non-profit housing co-operative with 21 of its 66 units in one of Kitchener's oldest industrial buildings – the 1879 Vogelsang button factory. Shirt manufacturer Williams, Greene and Rome built the 1893 addition. Decorative red and yellow brickwork is complemented by the neatly coursed fieldstone foundation. Tour the common areas, and some of the units, if available.
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Bridgit Headquarters

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100 Ahrens Street West, Unit 201
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: c. 1914
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bridgit is a construction management software company and one of Canada's leading tech startups. This year, Bridgit was proud to receive accolades that included winning Google Demo Day and having its founders named as the Techvibes Entrepreneurs of the Year. Join Bridgit’s team for Doors Open and tour this newly renovated industrial office space (originally a fruit packing facility).
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Cambridge City Hall

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50 Dickson Street
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: 2008
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first city hall in Canada to achieve LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council, this award-winning building incorporates numerous energy-efficient technologies and design elements, from a glass ceiling and four-storey “living wall” bio-filter in the lobby, to a rooftop weather station that regulates window operation.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Cambridge Historic City Hall

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46 Dickson Street
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: 1857, 1897
Architect: H.B. Sinclair (1857)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Built as the Galt Town Hall, this stately, beautifully proportioned limestone and fieldstone building served as the municipal seat for 150 years. The clock tower was added to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The Cambridge Archives, housed in this beloved landmark, will also be open to visitors during Doors Open.
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Christ the Saviour Antiochian Orthodox Church

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96 Dunbar Road South
Waterloo , Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home to a small, growing community, Christ the Savior is an Orthodox church serving people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It is appointed with icons in the typical fashion. Singers will offer live performances of Byzantine and Slavic music, and tours and informational materials will be available. The gift shop will offer complimentary refreshments, and traditional foods for sale.
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Ontario's medical science and innovation

Christie

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809 Wellington Street North
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1956, 2011
Architect: John B. Parkin Associates (1956), SRM Architects (2011)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; access by guided tour only
For Doors Open, Christie is showing its Christie MicroTiles – a customizable digital display canvas – followed by a visit to its manufacturing centre to see the robotic technology used in manufacturing laser projectors. Visitors will also see a demonstration of Christie VeinViewer technology, using near infrared light to project a real-time digital image of a patient’s veins onto their skin.
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Guided tours available

Clearpath Robotics

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1425 Strasburg Road, Unit 2A
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 2014
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; guided tours depart approximately every 20 minutes
Clearpath Robotics, a University of Waterloo spinoff established in 2009, is dedicated to automating the world's dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs with self-driving vehicle technology. Stop by the colourful Clearpath headquarters for a tour, learn how handling and research robots are made, and see them in action with live demos! Access by guided tour only.
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Coach House Therapeutic Centre, The

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150 King Street South, Unit G
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: c. 1925, renovated 2015-16
Architect: ABA Architects (2015-16)
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This building is a clever adaptive reuse of a well built 90-year-old double garage. Plentiful windows and exposed original brick walls and roof framing add warmth to the reception area, washroom and five treatment rooms in the surprisingly spacious interior. Every inch is put to good use. The therapists – specialists in sports medicine and related disciplines – welcome Doors Open visitors.
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Guided tours available

Conestoga Engineering and Information Technology Campus

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850 Fountain Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: WalterFedy/du Toit Allsopp Hillier Architects
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bright, open and inviting, Conestoga’s LEED Silver campus features large public spaces, innovative technology labs and a fully functional food processing plant. Large windows provide plenty of natural light, minimizing fluorescent lighting. Natural materials, such as stone and wood, are given a clean, modern treatment. Guided tours will include the food processing plant, the architecture and design labs, and more.
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Guided tours available

Edward Halter Home

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1338 Maryhill Road
Maryhill, Ontario
Year built: c. 1850
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Edward Halter Home is the official headquarters of the Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community. Three floors have been turned into a resource centre, housing pictures and artifacts from area residents. Several rooms have been outfitted with antique furnishings, all collected from the Maryhill area. Researchers can also access birth, marriage and death records of local families.

Ferguson Cottage

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37 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: c. 1836
Style: Vernacular
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the earliest surviving stone cottages in Cambridge, Ferguson Cottage was the home of the blacksmith William Ferguson. The tiny cottage is built of local stone, with large fireplaces in the north and south walls. Ferguson has been home to the Galt Horticultural Society since 1981. The Society maintains the cottage gardens, holds workshops and schedules other activities.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre

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56 Dickson Street
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1898; addition c. 1910
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre is housed in the old Galt Fire Hall. The original arched doors, removed in the 1950s and replaced by a large garage door to accommodate bigger fire trucks, were faithfully recreated by the city in 2014. The museum has preserved a 1938 Bickle-Seagrave fire truck, which originally operated out of the fire hall.
Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Former Waterloo County Courthouse

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20 Weber Street East and 77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1964, renovated 2014
Architect: Snider Huget and March Architects and Engineers (1964), Robertson Simmons architects inc. (2014)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A well-conserved example of modern architecture on the site of the original circa 1852 county courthouse, this building now houses the Region of Waterloo offices and archives. Original details include the boomerang-shaped plan, Conestoga wagon-inspired entrance, interior tile and terrazzo lobby stairs and floor. Guided tours will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the building and its archival collections (1816-2015).
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Google Kitchener-Waterloo office

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51 Breithaupt Street
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: c. 1904, 2015
Architect: B+H Architects (2015)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2015, Google opened its new office in the Breithaupt Block, a former rubber footwear factory. The 185,000-square-foot (17,187-square-metre) headquarters will be home to more than 800 engineers. In creating its office, Google thoughtfully considered sustainability in design, materials and décor, and incorporated healthy features – such as a bike locker, group fitness space and a rock-climbing wall.
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Guided tours available

Greentec Inc.

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95 Struck Court
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: 2005, addition 2010
Architect: GB Architect Inc.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Established in 1995, Greentec is an industry leader in the areas of secure, certified electronic waste recycling and disposal. Come tour this 82,000-square-foot (7,618-square-metre) state-of-the-art processing facility. Learn firsthand how old electronics and data are safely and securely destroyed. See how materials like copper and gold are recovered for reuse. Access by guided tour only.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site

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466 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: c. 1816
Style: Georgian
Building type: Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kitchener’s oldest building celebrates 200 years! From cellar to attic, peel back the centuries and learn about the construction techniques, manual skills and tools that raised these walls in 1816. Also visit the springhouse, woodshed, bake/smoke/schnitz house, wash house and gardens. Children’s activities offered throughout the day. Special anniversary guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
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Kathryn McGarry, MPP Office (former G. Pattinson & Co. Woolen Mill office)

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498 Eagle Street North
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: c. 1916
Style: Period revival
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The office of MPP Kathryn McGarry is housed in the former George Pattinson & Co. Woolen Mill office, and is full of original oak accents and trim, with many original details – wainscoting, teller’s window, doors with transoms and lettered glass, corner fireplaces with mantels, and a walk-in vault. Have a peek inside this little-known gem and help celebrate its centennial!
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Guided tours available

mappedin Headquarters

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305 King Street West, Suite 700
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1964; renovated 2014
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden (WZMH)
Style: International
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The mappedin software platform powers search and discovery indoors, providing industry-leading tools to create digital interactive wayfinding directories and maps installed in public spaces. Explore mappedin’s bright, open-concept office, located in what was Kitchener's first highrise commercial centre in 1964. The architecture of 305 King Street West, by renowned skyscraper designer WZMH, shows the strong influence of the international style.
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Self-guided tours available

Maryhill Inn

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1302 Maryhill Road
Maryhill, Ontario
Telephone: 519-648-3098
Year built: 1853
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Your hosts celebrate 10 years of welcoming visitors to the Maryhill Inn, originally built as a stagecoach stop. Heritage details include the tin ceiling in the great room, dating from the inn’s days as the St. Boniface Hotel, and an intricately decorated, locally carved c. 1835 door. In 2000, the front of the inn was restored to its 1910 appearance.
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

McDougall Cottage

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89 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: c. 1858
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McDougall Cottage is a vernacular grey granite and local limestone cottage with spectacular hand-painted trompe l’oeil friezes and ceilings, and a charming garden. A museum and interpretive centre for Scottish culture, it presents a variety of regular events. The Cottage will also mount a small display marking 200 years since the founding of Galt.
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Guided tours available

MHBC Planning

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540 Bingemans Centre Drive
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 2007
Architect: ABA Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MHBC brings innovation, creativity and practicality to urban design and landscape architecture, as well as commercial, residential, cultural heritage and aggregate resource planning. From MHBC’s staff and projects, visitors will learn about how our built environment is designed and created, while enjoying the bright, industrial-inspired 10,000-square-foot (929-square-metre) office. Winner of a 2011 City of Kitchener Urban Design Award.
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Self-guided tours available

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, The

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200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2012
Architect: KPMB Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This remarkable building at the University of Waterloo is a state-of-the-art research centre and an architectural marvel. Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, the centre is the ideal environment for researchers working to unlock the amazing power of quantum information science and the boundless potential of nanotechnology.
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Guided tours available

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church

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173 Lourdes Street
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: Built 1955, renovated 2004
Architect: Frank Burcher (1955), WalterFedy (2004)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sensitive renovations have updated this mid-20th-century church while accentuating the best of its original interior design, which includes multicoloured imported Italian marble and terrazzo flooring, mosaic altars and mosaic Stations of the Cross. Large stained-glass windows depict the Beatitudes. Pipe organ recitals will fill the space with music, and refreshments will be served in the church hall.
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Guided tours available

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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31 Caroline Street North
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: 2004 (Perimeter Institute), 2011 (Stephen Hawking Centre expansion)
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte (2004), Teeple Architects (2011)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; access by guided tour only
Tours are free but timed tickets are required. Registration begins Monday, August 29 at www.perimeterinstitute.ca/tickets, or 519-883-4480. Perimeter Institute’s award-winning design fosters interdisciplinary research into the workings of the universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. “Step inside the Perimeter” and learn more about Perimeter’s renowned research, training and outreach programs. For accessible tours, please phone.
Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

reebee

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305 King Street West, 9th floor
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1964, renovated 2014
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden (WZMH), 1964
Style: International
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit reebee’s bright, colourful and inviting office in the newly renovated, historical King Street West building. The reebee application makes it easy to browse retail flyers, save money on everyday essentials, create detailed shopping lists and be a savvy shopper. With over 2.5 million Canadian downloads, reebee is helping people save up to 40 per cent on their weekly shopping.

REEP House for Sustainable Living

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20 Mill Street
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1905, renovated 2010
Architect: Graham Whiting (2010)
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2014, this model home was among the first residential retrofits certified Platinum under the LEED Canada for Homes program. Environmental charity REEP Green Solutions renovated the house to inspire action at other residences by demonstrating the benefits of sustainable technology – including solar power, grey water systems, geothermal heating, storm water management and insulation options.
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Kid-friendly

Region of Waterloo International Airport Operations Centre

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75 New Germany Lane
Breslau , Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Peter McMillan
Building type: Transportation, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Region of Waterloo International Airport Operations Centre was built to LEED Silver standards and features environmentally sustainable technologies. Maintenance, fleet, fire and rescue services operate out of this facility, while providing ample storage for specialized airport vehicles and equipment. Visitors will learn about firefighting and maintenance equipment and have a chance to speak with the people who operate them.
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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church and Old Walled Cemetery

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1355 Maryhill Road
Maryhill, Ontario
Year built: 1877
Architect: Matthew Bell
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Boniface Church, with its hilltop setting, features Gothic revival architecture built with local stone. Original features include the 1896 high altar, stained-glass windows around the altar and the Stations of the Cross. The adjacent old walled cemetery is well known for the large, historical and locally-made wrought-iron crosses on many of the grave markers.
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St. Jacobs Railway Museum

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50 Isabella Street
St. Jacobs , Ontario
Year built: 2010
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This museum is housed in the heritage railway equipment restoration shop of the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society. Two tracks with drop pits provide space for repair and restoration activities. The pride of this volunteer-run organization is an Essex Terminal Railway Alco 0-6-0 #9 locomotive, which was returned to steam in 2012. Visit this busy workshop during Doors Open.
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Guided tours available

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church

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53 Wellington Street
Cambridge , Ontario
Year built: 1881
Architect: John Turner
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This church was renovated and expanded in 1972 according to the style of the day. But, in 2015, parishioners completed a full interior restoration to reinstate something of St. Patrick’s historical character and proportions, including opening up the beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling once again. Talks during Doors Open will describe the goal of this restoration and the techniques used.
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Guided tours available

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church

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49 Queen Street North
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1965-68
Architect: Kruschen & Dailey
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s most beautiful interiors, contained within this understated modernist building. Cathedral-like, lit by spectacular, towering stained glass between slender columns, this space has remained practically unchanged through 50 years. The site will be busy with live pipe organ recitals, labyrinth walks and a fascinating expert-led talk about the impact of architecture on our emotions (at 2 p.m.).
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Self-guided tours available

Shopify Plus

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57 Erb Street West
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: Built 1878, 1984, renovated 2016
Architect: Barton Myers Associates (1984), WalterFedy (2016)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This building, originally a warehouse for the Seagram distillery, was redesigned and expanded as a museum in 1984, earning a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. It became the home of The Centre for International Governance Innovation, and is now the new Waterloo office for Shopify Plus.
Full wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

Square

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305 King Street West, 9th floor
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1964, renovated 2014
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden (WZMH), 1964
Style: International
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Square started with a simple idea – everyone should be able to accept credit cards – and they’ve been rethinking the buying and selling process since. The design of Square’s Kitchener office in the mid-century 305 King Street West building embodies its values: simplicity, openness and collaboration. During Doors Open, Square staff will explain how their Silicon Valley company succeeds in Kitchener-Waterloo.
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French services available
Guided tours available

Stantec Waterloo Region Office

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300 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: 2010
Architect: Robertson Simmons Architects Inc.
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The remarkable innoTECH building – Stantec’s Waterloo Region Office – achieved Waterloo Region’s first LEED Gold certification for new construction. Its beautiful interiors, designed by Stantec, express the latest in office design and employ environmentally sustainable technologies. Stantec’s expert staff will showcase the green features of the workplace they created, and explain how innoTECH was designed and built.
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Guided tours available

Stevanus Family Farm

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1082 Snyder’s Flats Road
Bloomingdale , Ontario
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn about where your food comes from on a field tour of this farm, where some 30 kinds of vegetables are grown for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and to supply fine restaurants. Learn about the planting schedules and seasons of farming, from hayfields to honeybees. You can even get your hands dirty – digging up sweet potatoes and beets.
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Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Sun Life Financial

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227 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1912; 1921
Architect: Darling & Pearson; Sharp & Horner
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The modern Renaissance style interior of Sun Life Financial – one of Waterloo's best-preserved heritage interiors – features inlaid marble, an elegant great hall with an ornate plaster ceiling, and many other original details. The heritage designation of the 1912 and 1921 façades reflects their importance in the streetscape of Waterloo. Guided tours through the building’s historical sections will be offered.
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Sweet Tooth

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305 King Street West, 9th floor
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1964, renovated 2014
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden (WZMH), 1964
Style: International
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sweet Tooth is an application that allows online retailers to create their own points-based loyalty programs. The office is a beautiful workspace in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo’s tech district, home to many of the region's most promising companies. Get a taste of startup/Sweet Tooth life and see the skyline, including The Tannery, Kaufman Lofts and Victoria Park.
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Guided tours available

Trinity Anglican Church

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12 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1844; 1885
Architect: R.C. Windeyer (1885)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trinity Anglican is the oldest church building in Galt (Cambridge), set in a traditional churchyard surrounded by a cobblestone fence with a 1909 lych gate. Trinity’s striking, exposed-timber nave roof has ornately decorated trusses. Other highlights include beautiful stained-glass windows, an 1845 bell, an abundance of carved woodwork by Waterloo’s Globe Furniture Company, and other vintage wood trim.
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Trinity United Church

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74 Frederick Street
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1906, additions 1949 and 1982
Architect: H.C. McBride, 1906
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Illuminating the heritage interior of Trinity United, with its deep gallery running along three walls, is a catalogue of stained glass spanning almost 90 years: 1906 narthex windows, a 28-window matched set by Toronto’s Luxfer Prism Co. and a large gallery window by Kitchener’s Bullas Glass. Waterloo’s Globe Furniture Co. made the woodwork, pews, furniture and ornate panelling.
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Guided tours available

University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge (former Riverside Silk Mill)

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7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1919-38; renovated 2004
Architect: Levitt Goodman Architects (2004 renovation)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The last industrial plant built on the Grand River in Galt, Riverside Silk Mill had large open spaces flooded with natural light. Its industrial atmosphere, spacious interior and spectacular views were preserved and enhanced in its School of Architecture transformation. The 80,000-square-foot (7,432-square-metre) former silk plant is home to over 450 students, 13 staff and 21 faculty.
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Guided tours available

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

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77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gaol access by guided tour only (approximately one hour)
These Doors Open Waterloo Region favourites are the oldest buildings in Waterloo County and were saved from an uncertain fate by community action. The heritage exteriors are designated, and the interiors are excellent examples of adaptive reuse. The massive, granite former jail houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. The stately Victorian house is home to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (www.preventingcrime.ca).
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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Waterloo North Hydro

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526 Country Squire Road
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: McCallum Sather Architects, Hamilton
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; access by guided tour only; last guided tour at 3:15 p.m.
Learn about one of Ontario’s oldest electricity distribution companies. This LEED Silver-certified facility features energy-efficient and -sustainable systems, including an energy-saving building envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater recovery and energy-efficient lighting, sensors and controls. See behind the scenes in the operations, administration, mechanical and control room areas.
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Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

West Montrose Kissing Bridge Heritage Walking Tour

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Meet at Letson Park (1232 Rivers Edge Drive)
West Montrose, Ontario
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; 45-minute guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
What undercover operations launched from West Montrose during the American Civil War? What former resident played a key role in the Second World War allied victory? How did a love triangle lead to West Montrose’s darkest day? Why is the covered bridge covered? This guided walk through one of Ontario’s first cultural heritage landscapes will answer these questions and more.
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Washrooms

West Montrose United Church and Cemetery

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42 Covered Bridge Drive
West Montrose , Ontario
Year built: 1907
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The West Montrose United Church has changed little since it was built. The exterior of yellow brick on a stone foundation has skilfully corbelled brickwork and a corner tower. Inside, the original stained glass, tin ceiling and cornice, wainscoting and flooring are all notable. The heritage cemetery behind the church adds to the historical significance of this site.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Wilfrid Laurier University Science Building

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At King Street North and Bricker Avenue
Waterloo , Ontario
Year built: 1994
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Science activities and guided tours will be offered at the Science Building on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The building is the academic hub for more than 3,500 full-time undergraduate science students and more than 180 graduate science students. The lovely three-storey, tree-filled, skylit atrium running the length of the interior is perhaps the most striking feature of this large facility.